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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #120 on: March 14, 2019, 01:51:35 AM »
I've been meaning to see Nashville, I dig some Altman flicks.
Including Popeye and Mccabe and Mrs Miller?

I LOVE Popeye. I haven't seen Mccabe and Mrs Miller, but it's considered a masterpiece, so the pairing of these two in your comment seems funny to me.

Fun Fact: The fictional village of "Sweethaven" still stands to this day, and is open to the public. So if you ever find yourself in Malta, it might be worth checking out.

Yes! I saw a pretty great video of some tourists being disappointed but rolling with it on youtube once. I would go for sure.
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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #121 on: March 14, 2019, 09:42:16 AM »
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You cannot bash in the head of an American citizen without written permission from the State Department.

Year 1971

What's it about?

Fielding Mellish is a blue collar worker who wants to impress a girl.  Since she is a social activist, he decides to go to the nation of San Marcos, which is embroiled in a revolution so he can show empathy for the locals.  While there, he ends up joining the revolutionaries.  When the revolution finally takes control of the country, the new leader goes crazy and then Fielding ends up taking control of the banana republic.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/8tO1xhgYvUM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/8tO1xhgYvUM</a>

What's it REALLY about?

I'm guessing that absolute power drives anyone wacky?  I'm just guessing.  Too busy to look it up.  Also looks like a slam on insincere activism.

Legacy
The film was very well received and appeared on multiple "best comedy" lists.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ettElmB0pMQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ettElmB0pMQ</a>

Trivia
Sylvester Stallone appears uncredited as a subway thug. This was one of his earliest film roles, not a cameo. According to website Every Woody Allen Movie, "Allen initially sent Stallone back to the casting agency after deciding he wasn't 'tough-looking' enough. Stallone pleaded with him, and eventually convinced him to change his mind".

Johnny's Thoughts
I haven't seen this one, so I don't have much to say about it.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #122 on: March 14, 2019, 01:00:38 PM »
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You cannot bash in the head of an American citizen without written permission from the State Department.

Year 1971

What's it about?

Fielding Mellish is a blue collar worker who wants to impress a girl.  Since she is a social activist, he decides to go to the nation of San Marcos, which is embroiled in a revolution so he can show empathy for the locals.  While there, he ends up joining the revolutionaries.  When the revolution finally takes control of the country, the new leader goes crazy and then Fielding ends up taking control of the banana republic.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/8tO1xhgYvUM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/8tO1xhgYvUM</a>

What's it REALLY about?

I'm guessing that absolute power drives anyone wacky?  I'm just guessing.  Too busy to look it up.  Also looks like a slam on insincere activism.

Legacy
The film was very well received and appeared on multiple "best comedy" lists.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ettElmB0pMQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ettElmB0pMQ</a>

Trivia
Sylvester Stallone appears uncredited as a subway thug. This was one of his earliest film roles, not a cameo. According to website Every Woody Allen Movie, "Allen initially sent Stallone back to the casting agency after deciding he wasn't 'tough-looking' enough. Stallone pleaded with him, and eventually convinced him to change his mind".

Johnny's Thoughts
I haven't seen this one, so I don't have much to say about it.

Funniest Woody Allen movie IMO. Not best, but funniest.

Great movies on this list. So far I'm inspired to see:
Bananas
Aguirre
Nashville



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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #123 on: March 14, 2019, 01:15:48 PM »
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42 Points, 4 Lists, #11 Cole Stratton

Good luck. The Lord loves a working man, don't trust whitey, see a doctor and get rid of it.

Year 1979

What's it about?

Navin Johnson is homeless.  How did this happen to him?  Well, he was born a poor black child until the day his parents revealed that he was white and adopted.  Deciding to find his place in the world, Navin leaves home and finds work, love and even fame and fortune.  Despite his deep well of niavety and stupidity, he finally finds his place in the world. But pride goeth before the fall and Navin isn't clever enough to see the other shoe about to drop.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/lduFFNqBFPs" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/lduFFNqBFPs</a>

What's it REALLY about?

A parody of the classic coming of age story and rags to riches story, I don't know if its meant to have a specific message beyond "this is funny", though it does seem to echo a quote from Being There: "all you've gotta be is white in America, to get whatever you want."

Legacy
The Jerk is still considered to be one of the world's funniest comedies and one of Steve Martin's greatest roles.  He appeared in film before, but this cemented him as a star.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/rSWBuZws30g" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/rSWBuZws30g</a>

Trivia
Stanley Kubrick was a big admirer of this film. He would often recite lines from the film to cast and crew on his films and he once invited Steve Martin over so they could play chess.

Johnny's Thoughts
The Jerk is definitely one of all my favourite comedies.  If I ever feel blue, this and another on the list are the first movies I turn to.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #124 on: March 14, 2019, 01:42:01 PM »
I haven't watched The Jerk in a long time, being a huge fan of Steve Martin's comedy albums from the 70s I watched it way too many times when it was available on VHS in the 80s.

Need to try it again to see if I'm still burned out on it after all this time.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #125 on: March 14, 2019, 04:53:45 PM »
The Jerk didn't make my list, but I did rewatch it very recently and thought it was great.
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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #126 on: March 14, 2019, 04:56:49 PM »
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I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.

Year 1970

What's it about?

Patton is about the career of General George S. Patton during World War II.  The film begins with Patton placed in charge of the American II Corps in North Africa.  Despite various setbacks, Patton's wit, discipline and gumption helps him win battles and overcome the odds.  But Patton's attitude and willingness to go against his superiors in order to win the battle often gained him animosity from within the army itself.  Patton might have a habit of making enemies but that's not going to get in his way of doing what he thinks needs to be done.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/g-0dTpzNzwo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/g-0dTpzNzwo</a>

What's it REALLY about?

Its the story of a charismatic man who functioned best in war and is a man who lives for his job and relishes it.  It is also about his swagger was also a double-edged sword, allowing him to make bold but clever maneuvers and was inspiring to many of his men but earning him a lot of trouble along the way.

Legacy
Patton  is considered among the best biographical films, especially due to the fantastic performance of George C. Scott in the title role.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/XpEtHWMpiFc" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/XpEtHWMpiFc</a>

Trivia
The ivory-handled revolvers George C. Scott wears in the opening speech were actually George S. Patton's bona-fide revolvers.

Johnny's Thoughts
I still haven't seen the movie but I heard a lot of the fantastic quotes from it.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #127 on: March 14, 2019, 06:02:07 PM »
Patton is an amazing work, the acting, the cinematography, the soundtrack, all fantastic.

Never knew until recently that Francis Ford Coppola co-wrote it.  Never bothered to look at who wrote it until I wondered about that opening speech.

The amazing opening monologue was not a real speech given by Patton, but they were all things said or written by Patton that Coppola cobbled together into a speech.

Unusually for a war film of this type it doesn't distort history all that much, there are minor fabrications and distortions but mostly it tells an accurate story of those 3 years during WWII.

Side note: If you are going to watch this on Blu-Ray get the 2012 release, the 2008 release had so much digital noise reduction applied it scrubbed all detail from the movie, fine details lost, there are lots of closeups of faces of old men and the 2008 release gave them all baby smooth skin.
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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #128 on: March 14, 2019, 09:03:39 PM »
^ good to know on the blu-ray transfers. I still haven't seen that, sounds great.

And love The Jerk, one of my favs! Forgot to put it on my list, was on my top comedies list though. It seems like the most influential of the farce epic drama ballad of somebody's like kind of comedies. Like we wouldn't have stuff like Walk Hard, Anchorman etc to some degree perhaps without it.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #129 on: March 14, 2019, 09:26:11 PM »
I LOVE Popeye. I haven't seen Mccabe and Mrs Miller, but it's considered a masterpiece, so the pairing of these two in your comment seems funny to me.
Popeye is kind of... a mixed experience for me. I really don't like that it's a musical, that aspect of it just doesn't work for me. I saw Mccabe and Mrs Miller only once and I thought it was... well, kind of dark so I also have mixed feelings about it.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #130 on: March 15, 2019, 01:53:21 AM »
My fav Altman movie is from the 70s... and perhaps is on this countdown? Will have to wait and see


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #131 on: March 15, 2019, 10:24:57 AM »
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45 Points, 2 Lists, #3 Cleat

I sell the good book, ma'am. Just movin' through the country with the lord's good news.

Year 1973

What's it about?

Moses Pray is a con man and 9 year old Addie Loggins might be his illegitimate daughter.  When Moses cons someone out of $200, claiming it was for Addie, he spends it on himself.  But things aren't going that easy for him, as Addie knows what he did and wants that $200.  Moses agrees to take her with him until he can pay her back.  It might seem like a bad idea having a kid around when pulling cons but Moses soon finds that Addie has a talent for it and the two become a real team.  Together, the duo have a series of adventures that involve run ins with the police, mud wrasslin' and Miss Trixie Delight.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/g-0dTpzNzwo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/g-0dTpzNzwo</a>

What's it REALLY about?

I don't know if it is the whole of the movie, some of the description (and skimming an essay about the themes), remind me of a speech from Better Call Saul (this entire list might be just an excuse to hype up this show) that a criminal is not inherently good or bad.  Addie is a criminal but she is a good criminal, both in the quality of her work and the quality of her character.

Legacy
The movie was well-regarded and Tatum O'Neal is the youngest person ever to win an Oscar for her role in the film.  There was also a short lived TV series with Jodie Foster in O'Neal's role.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/IEQc-wtHAlw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/IEQc-wtHAlw</a>

Trivia
Tatum O'Neal was ten years old when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this movie, making her the youngest person ever to win an Oscar in a competitive category.  She still holds the record. She was four years younger than her rival nominee, Linda Blair, in The Exorcist (1973).

Johnny's Thoughts
I haven't seen it but I got a copy from the library waiting for me.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #132 on: March 15, 2019, 10:40:42 AM »
Haven't seen Paper Moon in decades, have vague memories of the TV show.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #133 on: March 15, 2019, 10:51:45 AM »
I watched it again not long ago (for some reason I graded it, but forgot to log it on my Letterboxd page) and it's held up real well. Very funny, great cast. Even Ryan, who I never thought much of as an actor, was real good. And Tatum was superb. Kahn was fun in support.

Might be my favorite from Bogdanovich… though it didn't make my 25 (I forgot all about it, like I forgot to include it in my film dairy. Yeesh, my mind is slipping in my old age.)  ;)
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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #134 on: March 15, 2019, 10:55:31 AM »
Never, ever seen Paper Moon. But there is however another Ryan O'neal movie I hope makes the list...